Amazing, but very possible. And for less than £30 a day.
About what you’d pay for your Mrs Mop cleaning service.
Probably less if you have a dozen or more staff – all those desks and floor space.
Which makes this a productivity health hack most other CEOs would kill for.
Especially if they knew how easy and inexpensive it was.
Broken and not on the radar
Well, who wouldn’t want 33% MORE productivity without paying an arm and a leg?
So simple the way it works too.
Just by getting rid of germs.
Not something that’s on your radar usually, is it? Or something that you think of doing.
A why fix it if it ain’t broke sort of thing.
But it IS broke.
And without pro-active prevention, the way it gets handled is re-active correction.
If it’s handled at all. Because nobody’s ill right now, so the usual thing is do nothing.
Which basically means if staff fall ill, that’s their problem.
You’re sympathetic of course, but you just accept it. And so do they.
Luck of the draw. Happens all the time, right? Some bug hits them, they go see the Doc, get put on meds, possibly need hospital. From your point of view, an HR asset out of action for a while.
Or heroically toughing it out and coming in to work anyway. Committed, loyal, one of your star performers.
But either way, costing a lot more than £30 a day.
Surely it doesn’t cost anything at all?
Losing hand over fist
Oh yes, it does. And it’s money you lose every time. Either in hard cash or in lost productivity.
For starters, if they’re absent, you’re losing around £87 a day – more than double the £30 a day we’re rabbiting on about.
That’s not our figure, it’s the CIPD’s (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development).
In their annual Absenteeism Management report they calculate that most team members take 6 days sick leave a year at an average cost of £522, or £87 a day. (For the public sector, it’s £835, or £92.77 a day over 9 days)
Not a consideration because you don’t pay sick leave? Better think again.
That’s what they cost in taking up the slack while they’re gone. Other team members on extra hours, delay penalties, temp staff – sometimes a lot more than £87.
Not a lot of money in the great scheme of things. No alarm bells, nothing to lose sleep over. So it winds up in whatever slush fund you’re running for eventualities – or more often, buried as petty cash.
But that’s not where it ends. Because unwell team members coming in to work (presenteeism) cost 10 times more – £5,220.
Why? Because being unwell at work occurs 10 times more than taking off sick – 57.5 days a year on average, almost 3 working months.
Not getting your money’s worth
And during that time your slick qualified professional is just a shadow of themselves, feeling grim as all hell and going through the motions. Chances are also high that if it’s anything contagious, other team members will go down with it too.
Which is way worse than an HR asset out of action. At least if a staffer is off sick, you can arrange a substitute. But unwell-at-work is more like a machine with an intermittent fault – unreliable because you can’t tell when – or if – it’s functioning properly or not.
And still – even though it’s costing money, you’re paying for 12 months’ productivity but only getting 9 – the usual procedure is to do nothing.
The team member plods on, swallowing tablets every few hours and unable to think straight – management nods admiringly at such selfless commitment – and neither takes any action.
Mistakes are made, costs incurred – and the only lead is external. By medical intervention AFTER the condition has asserted itself – not prevention BEFORE.
“Do nothing” doesn’t work
All that money – invisible because it’s already assigned as salary – is lost to the world as underperforming productivity.
Things take longer, get done wrong and have to be done again, or get missed out altogether. Not because the system needs upgrading, or new efficiencies need to be put in place – but because some poor unfortunate is not feeling well and unable to perform properly.
The stable door is bolted, the horse is long gone – with no attempt to avoid the situation in the first place.
Prevention is better than cure – yeah, right.
Except it is right.
And the whole system necessary to achieve effective prevention is already available off-the-shelf – at under £30 a day, lock, stock and barrel.
Prevention – for less than Mrs Mop
Like we say, the same or less than you’re already paying for Mrs Mop. And stacked up against £87 per day, per team member – no contest.
How does it work?
By misting up the place with germ-killing hydrogen peroxide. All germs are oxidised to nothing, there are no infections to catch – in around 40 minutes on average, your workplace is completely sterile.
And there you have it. A healthy team, fully functioning productivity, healthy profits.
Because instead of giving you only 9 months of effort, your team are now generating 12 months’ worth – a full 33% more.
Worth £30 a day don’t you think?